Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
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Whether it’s the modern Middle East or post-apocalyptic ape-vs.-human civil war, what typically derails meaningful peace talks isn’t the opposition but the extreme factions of your own party. In the final trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, there are two moderate leaders willing to negotiate with each other: Caesar (an ape) and Jason Clarke’s “good man,” characters who want to protect their families from an ugly war. But on their extreme flanks are Koba, the militant scar-faced ape who hunts bears and accuses Caesar of loving humans more than his own kind, and Gary Oldman’s ape-hating fear-monger, who wants to call in the big guns and annihilate Caesar’s kind once and for all.

Don’t get the wrong idea; Henry Kissinger and James Baker did not co-write the script. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes looks to have lots of action, but the trailer does reveal some realpolitik substance too.

Apes opens July 11.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 130 minutes
  • Matt Reeves